Hennessy Performance Engineering has its eye on the Porsche Taycan. The Texas-based tuner has built a reputation on taking already fast vehicles and turning them into superfast vehicles. But in today’s world, tuners are going to have to start taking a look at electric vehicles as well.
“We’ve been planning to do something with electrified vehicles for a while now,” says John Hennessey, founder and CEO Of Hennessy Performance. “We felt that the new Porsche Taycan was the right platform from which to modify our first EV. Initially, we will start with simple modifications such as wheels, tires and interior upgrades as well as exterior modifications such as a more aggressive front and rear bumpers. After that we will see what might be possible in terms of adding more power.” Hennessey’s announcement was accompanied with a few renderings of what the tuner might do, and it looks like they’ll be adding in a bit more menace to the already good looking Taycan.
As for improving performance, Hennessey has their work cut out for them. The Taycan will launch with the Turbo, which already has 670 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of instant torque, and the Turbo S, which ups the ante to 750 horsepower and 774 lb-ft of torque. Boosting performance with an electric vehicle is going to be much more difficult than with an internal combustion engine—we’re not talking aboaut swapping out the air intake or adjusting the timing. Hennessey will only start exploring boosting that performance as demand for that boost comes in. “Nearly all of our clients still want raw, powerful ICE engines. But some of them have begun to add an EV to their collections for daily driver duties. We don’t want to reinvent the wheel in the electrified market, we just want to make it roll a little faster and cooler,” says Hennessey. Whatever they do, we’ll have to wait until 2020, when Hennessey Performance takes delivery of their first Taycan.